Susie Burpee

Producer, Balancing Act

Alongside her work at Theatre Direct, Susie Burpee is a dance artist, creator, teacher, and mother to two young children. She danced for many years with Dancemakers, Le Groupe Dance Lab, and Tedd Robinson (10 Gates Dancing) and recently with Hanna Kiel (Human Body Expression) and Alyssa Martin (Rock Bottom Movement).

Augmenting her dance training with studies in Bouffon and character work, Susie has collaborated on projects with Crow’s Theatre, Dusk Dances, Nightwood Theatre, and with longtime colleague Linnea Swan.

Her work has received Dora Mavor Moore Awards for both Outstanding Choreography and Performance and she is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Dance.

Susie is on guest faculty at post-secondary dance programs across the country. In 2020, she completed a Master of Arts in Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies at The University of Toronto, researching and authoring “Disappearing Act: Dance Artist Mothers in the Gig Economy of the Performing Arts in Canada” (Demeter Press).

Susie is originally from rural Manitoba, a second-generation settler on the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Since 2001, Toronto/Tkaronto has been her home.